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Buick Rendezvous



  • I also work for GM. in Warren as a "demented Engineer". I have been trying to follow the Rendezvous build from Mich. Your insight is much appreciated. I have been shopping for either a tahoe or rendezvous as my next vehicle, to replace my 99 tahoe. Do you know when production is slated to start? dealers up here give me the same old line " we will put your name on a list"
    I have been trying to contact other people that are probably in your same group, still waiting for a call back. Thanks again.
  • gmdronegmdrone Posts: 78
    I must admit that I am also a "Demented Engineer" , currently working the 256, and just finished up on the 257! I'm told by relaible sources that production will begin next month, however that may change depending on the sucess/failure of the 250. I'm willing to bet that Ramos can't wait to get the green light! I wouldn't mind buying one of the 257 myself. It is almost a dead ringer for the RS 300, and yet it is about 10K less money! I wouldn't bother with the third seat, though, unless I had a couple of rugrats to stow back there. I tried to get in one over at prototype, and I honestly couldn't get the second seat to latch back dow, without crushing my steel toe boots!
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I spotted a Rendezvous on the highway 401 near Toronto. Looked pretty good, but I couldn't keep up with the guy through rush hour traffic so it was only a glance. Auto Show only a few weeks away. Can't wait to see one up close. I really hop GM doesn't price these things out of my range.
  • Just returned from the Detroit auto show, and had a good chance to review one up close and one up on a rotating platform. Visually worlds different in the two vehicles, hopefully the poor one was a early pilot build, and the better one a later build. Weak points were very bad exterior gaps (very bad at head light to hood), trim falling off etc..
    the "good" one looked much better though, and crowd response seemed very favorable, largest crowd with the exception of maybe the envoy display. Sign posted price as nicely equipped for about 30,000
  • bobcatbobbobcatbob Posts: 187
    I just saw the Randezvous at the Baltimroe Auto Show and I was not impressed.

    I don't know, it just seems like a mismatch of design characteristics and the interior looked rather bland.

    And, the price range the rep quoted was 28-34K. Ouch!
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Auto show here in Toronto is in a couple of weeks. Although list is $28K, I'll bet they will be selling for around $24K before long. Rendezvous doesn't look like it will be my first choice, but it's definitely in the running.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    The Aztek isn't selling well, so Buick will be boosting production of the Rendezvous to around 60,000/ year. This may be good news for prices as supply should be good.
  • lbthedoglbthedog Posts: 198
    Found on another board that Rendezvous pricing will start at aprox. $25500. Undercutting the Acura and Lexus by about 6 grand.
  • The GM site, go to news releases. The Versa Trac will start at 28,500 and the CX, 2 wheel drive is as stated above 25,500. The article doesn't really give alot of details but Buick I think knows it is entering a tough market at a bad economic time and wants to challenge quickly, IMHO.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    $25500 as a list is not bad. One can probably bargain down a couple of thousand, giving the base a mid $23K price. I think it's a great mini van alternative.
  • kissfan1kissfan1 Posts: 283
    Met another AZTEK owner at GYM tonight. We are both astounded at the apparent quality of this vehicle.

    You made reference to the QUALITY put into this vehicle. Could you elaborate?

    Happy AZTEK owner

    Rendezvous could be wifes VEHICLE!
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Received a promotional e-mail from Buick to "pre-order" a Rendezvous. My local dealer doesn't know anything about it and has no ability to order the car yet. The promotion is a little vague about options included in the packages. It implies that the Versatility package includes the center console and 3rd row seat, but they don't appear in the options breakdown page. Here are the "pre-sell" details:

    Base CX - $25,500 (AM/FM/CD 4 spkr stereo, fog lamps, black power mirrors, power windows, side airbags, remote keyless entry, deep tint rear windows, cruise control, leather steering wheel, cargo cover and net)

    CX Versatility - $27,480 (uplevel cloth, 6 way power driver seat, tire inflation monitor, garage opener, traction control, driver information center)

    CXL Premium Versatility - $32,400 (Versatrak AWD, 3rd row seat, body color mirrors, ONSTAR, ultrasonic rear parking assist, 16" alloys, leather seats, AM/FM/CD/Cass 8 spkr stereo, rear audio controls, dual electronic HVAC)

    CXL Luxury - $35,152 (Storage system, head-up display, 16" chrome wheels, sunroof, heated seats)

    No specifics on individual option prices. I like the Base CX with 3rd row, alloys, and traction control (everything else is just fluff to me)...I'm guessing just under $27,000.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    The base CX looks to be what we would be getting if I like the Rendezvous. Great value and I think that price includes freight. Does it say anything about the wheels, rims?
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Yes, the CX Base and Versatility come with 16" steel wheels (presumably with plastic covers). Destination is not included and should be $550. Also, after reviewing the information, I do believe that the Versatility Package includes the 3rd row seat and center console. I think you get a lot for your $2,000 with the Versatility Package...just add a few hundred $ for alloys and you've got a luxury equipped ride for under $28K.
  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    When I talked to my local dealer, the salesman told me the destination charge was included in the $32,402 promotional price for the premium versitility package. I did not ask about the other two levels. Let me know if he was wrong.
  • cfg1cfg1 Posts: 85
    Looking at the options posted, it looks like you can't get 4WD unless you get leather seats. Is that true?
  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    It is my understanding that these early order packages are either standard features, package 1SD or 1SA which is the premium and luxury. According to my local dealer his firs allocated Rendezvous will arrive in April. He was able to place my order last Tuesday. We tried last Friday and it would not work. He called me Tuesday and said it went through and it was something he was doing wrong causing it not to work in the first place. Anyway we will now see if the per-order really means anything or not. He does not know when it will come. After all the dealers get an allotment round you can probably get one any way you want it. I got the mid level because it had the most features I wanted, especially the towing package. Even if I never pull anything I like the larger radiator, transmission cooler and oil cooler.

    Anyway t hats about all I know.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Is there any benefit to pre-ordering? Are they waiving the destination charge if you order now or will these prices always include destination? I would be willing to pre-order a Rendezvous if I had the options and prices clearly outlined but so far, my local dealer has no information and, as far as he knows, he cannot order the car yet. I'm inclined to just wait a few months until I can test drive one and see what the colors look like in person, unless there was some incentive to order now...
  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    I am in an unusual situation where I overdue to trade waiting on this vehicle and knew the dealership which I wanted. My wife has owned several Buick's and the service from the dealer has be above any other that I have dealt with. I drove the Aztek in order to get a feel for what the Rendezvous would be like and decided I did like. "Too bad the Aztek looks like a cockroach" Also the dealer told me if I did not like it when it came in they felt they could sell it to someone else so they did not even ask for a deposit. If you wait a few months I am sure there will be incentives because the overall car market is soft and the competition is very fierce. I just did not have the months to wait.

    That's my situation and I'm stuck with it.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Let us know how you like the Rendezvous when you get it.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    I went to a local Buick dealer yesterday and got all the info. Packages and prices. First, you choose between two models, FWD or AWD. The FWD starts at $25,470 and the AWD at $28,027. Then you choose option packages such as 1SB, 1SC, etc. The packages are different between the two vehicles (the FWD 1SC is different (and cheaper)than the AWD 1SC, and so on)

    The CXL designation is only acquired by ordering an AWD vehicle with package 1SC or above (AWD 1SC is $28,027 + $3800). Anything below that model (both AWD and FWD) is a CX. I don't think the CXL ($32K) competes with the Acura MDX ($34K). Personally, I don't want the added weight and complexity of AWD...and the FWD includes traction control. For me, the way to go is FWD CX Versatility. It is designated FWD 1SC ($25,470 + $1980) and includes the base options plus traction control, 3rd row seat, 16" alloy wheels, 6-way power driver seat, overhead console, driver info center, tire pressure monitor, universal garage opener, cargo mat, up level cloth trim.

    I'm disappointed that you're stuck with "Storm Grey" for lower exterior color unless you spend $32,000 for a CXL...I was looking forward to the "Eddie Bauer" look. Oh well, I guess it's worth saving $4500.
  • kjookjoo Posts: 27
    My mom and dad just ordered the CXL Luxury and our waiting for deleivery sometime in the spring. I wanted to know is it anything like my ML. They own a 2002 Cadillac SUV and are tradeing in their Oldsmobile Bravada. Any coments
  • Fedlawman, did you get a price for this option? Does base price of 25470 include freight? Thanks.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Saw and sat in the 2002 Rendezvous at the Toronto Auto Show yesterday and was VERY impressed. This is a very luxurious vehicle with tons of space, more than I thought. Rendezvous is much bigger than it seems in the pictures you see in magazines. Base price here in Canada is around $33,400 CDN. Not bad, and definitely in my price range. It will likely be on the top 5 shopping list for next year. It's amazing this thing is related to the Aztek, because it's very hard to compare them.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    No I did not. I don't think so.
  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    Does anyone know if Rendezvous' are being produced past the prototypes yet. At one time I thought the target date for first production was March 1st.
  • gmdronegmdrone Posts: 78
    Rendevous are rolling doen the line now in Ramos, Pilot is wrapping up, SSV was Friday, to the best of my knowledge...
  • buzzbo99buzzbo99 Posts: 111
    Thanks. I guess I am just getting a little anxious and the dealership does not know much.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I find it's pretty usual that dealerships of all makes seem to be in the dark about new models (or even the models they are trying to sell you). Kind of sad.

    Glad to hear Rendezvous is on the way. I am really looking forward to testing one out.
  • gmdronegmdrone Posts: 78
    Dealers typically know everything that is written about a vehicle, but they seldom know what is really going on, because the company feeds them info very much like the public. They just think they have the inside line...

    I was in Pontiac this morning for a meeting, and I see they are now releasing Rendevous into the captive vehicle fleet (PEP). I've got a few friends there who will fill me in on the vehicle. I will let you guys know as soon as they have some input. My cohorts down in Ramos insist that it is going together better than the Aztec, and that one DID go together well, still can't say anything bad about it, other than it sure is ugly!


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